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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Nov 28, 2012 4:51pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Christmas Tunes

David Byrne's playlist from last year was so helpful, but it is not streaming this year (http://davidbyrne.com/radio/archives/2011.php#december_11). I suck at bring the Christmas DJ and I have been put on notice that my tired little collection is not going to cut it this year. So I need some help. Any recs out there? Songs, CDs, streaming, favs, vids, religious, spiritual, secular. Anything that's cool. Thanks.

E- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EtTfosvGdTY

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Poster: Deadhead225 Date: Nov 29, 2012 9:58am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Christmas Tunes

Burl Ives

And of course my favorite is Eartha Kitt. Honesty is the best policy:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFMyF9fDKzE

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Poster: Finster Baby Date: Nov 29, 2012 4:05am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Christmas Tunes

I tend toward the traditional when it comes to Christmas Music.

Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole..... These are by far my favorites. Always bring back warm memories of childhood Christmas eves spent with Nana.

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Poster: Monte B Cowboy Date: Nov 29, 2012 9:56am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Christmas Tunes

Bing Crosby's first taped radio show on The Archive

• reposted: Bing Crosby's true legend is way under the radar

220px-Bing_Crosby_1942.jpgHarry Lillis "Bing" Crosby (May 3, 1903 – October 14, 1977) was an American singer and actor. Crosby's trademark bass-baritone voice made him one of the best-selling recording artists of the 20th century, with over half a billion records in circulation. A multimedia star from 1934 to 1954, Bing Crosby was a leader in record sales, radio ratings and motion picture grosses. His early career coincided with technical recording innovations. This allowed him to develop a laid-back, intimate singing style that influenced many of the popular male singers who followed him, including Perry Como, Frank Sinatra, and Dean Martin.

Crosby exerted an important influence on the development of the post-war tape recording industry. He worked for NBC at the time and wanted to record his shows. Most broadcast networks did not allow recording. This was mainly because of the quality of recording at the time. While in Europe performing during World War two, Crosby had witnessed tape recording, on which The Crosby Research Foundation would come to have many patents. The company also developed equipment and recording techniques such as the Laugh Track which are still in use today.

In 1947, he invested $50,000 in the Ampex company, which built North America's first commercial reel-to-reel tape recorder. He left NBC to work for ABC because NBC was not interested in recording at the time. This proved beneficial because ABC accepted him and his new ideas. Crosby then became the first performer to pre-record his radio shows and master his commercial recordings onto magnetic tape. He gave one of the first Ampex Model 200 recorders to his friend, musician Les Paul, which led directly to Paul's invention of multi-track recording. Along with Frank Sinatra, Crosby was one of the principal backers behind the famous United Western Recorders recording studio complex in Los Angeles.

When his recording of White Christmas hit the streets in weary, war-torn 1942, it became the biggest-selling single of all time and launched the Christmas music industry we know today (Christmas music, while hardly unknown, was not a major industry before this). In 1946, he revolutionized the entire broadcast industry by insisting on tape recording his radio programs for future broadcasting, the second most important development in 20th century entertainment after the advent of films with sound.

Bing Crosby and the 12-channel prototype "Bing Crosby video tape recorder"
Bing+and+Friend+with+Tape+Recorder.jpg

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Nov 28, 2012 6:18pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Christmas Tunes

Don't be too cool for tradition!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6hAUWyp0qzs


ed: weird, second time my link wouldn't link. Trying again ...

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Poster: unclejohn52 Date: Nov 29, 2012 7:13am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Christmas Tunes

Agree. Nothing like a fine version of Handel's Messiah. Seriously.

For great choral music, John Rutter and the Cambridge Singers are hard to beat. A sample arrangement: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tj2AYz-BnEs

A Rutter favorite - What Sweeter Music : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLkxe6q6UyE

And my favorite all-time Christmas album is from the Roche Sisters - still unique and fresh, if you can find it. sample: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qasM2QT5W14

Black Friday spirit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2WgJzUAPFA

edit: another favorite, pure New Awlins: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LjJ7VhfrSDM


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Poster: cosmicharIie Date: Nov 29, 2012 6:27am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Christmas Tunes

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJu97xdUPDs

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Poster: user unknown Date: Nov 29, 2012 6:39am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Christmas Tunes

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Poster: joeken Date: Nov 29, 2012 5:40pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Christmas Tunes

I consider this the ultimate christmas song. Totally irreverent. Fits my attitude perfectly.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CjaPXihbORk

Lousy video, great song from Englands most overlooked band imho

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Nov 29, 2012 7:33pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Christmas Tunes

Both Arthur and Muswell Hillbillies are in my car's CD player at the moment. Ray Davies is criminally underrated as a songwriter.

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Nov 30, 2012 3:32am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Christmas Tunes

This is the age of machinery
A mechanical nightmare
The wonderful world of technology
Napalm, hydrogen bombs, biological warfare

This is the twentieth century
But too much aggravation
It's the age of insanity
What has become of the green pleasant fields of Jerusalem?

Ain't got no ambition, I'm just disillusioned
I'm a twentieth century man but I don't wanna be here

My mama said she can't understand me
She can't see my motivation
Just give me some security
I'm a paranoid schizoid product of the twentieth century

You keep all your smart modern writers
Give me William Shakespeare
You keep all your smart modern painters
I'll take Rembrandt, Titian, Da Vinci and Gainsborough

Girl we gotta get out of here
We gotta find a solution
I'm a twentieth century man but I don't want to die here

I was born in a welfare state
Ruled by bureaucracy
Controlled by civil servants
And people dressed in grey
Got no privacy, got no liberty
'Cos the twentieth century people
Took it all away from me

Don't wanna get myself shot down
By some trigger happy policeman
Gotta keep a hold on my sanity
I'm a twentieth century man but I don't wanna die here

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Poster: joeken Date: Nov 29, 2012 9:29pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Christmas Tunes

Arthur and Muswell coincidentally are my two favorite Kinks albums. I read somewhere that when asked what his favorite Kinks album is, Ray Davies has repeatedly said "the newest one" and Muswell Hillbillies. And is there a more perfect rocker than Victoria?

So here's another favorite;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jp9uQvkAzpU

I always resented the hijacking of Jefferson Starship by Mickey Thomas et all, but I gotta admit the guy can sing.
And how can you not love the Elvin Bishop Group.

This post was modified by joeken on 2012-11-30 05:29:00

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Nov 29, 2012 9:33pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Christmas Tunes

Nope
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6VzsQoR806c





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Poster: joeken Date: Nov 29, 2012 9:45pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Kinks hijack of Christmas Tunes

Nice clip BD, I hadn't seen that one before. They always seem a little "animated" in those late '70s videos. Lately I'm kinda liking Ray's more recent versions of his songs, like this;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JtBZotHxaTc

Beautiful melody! I understand Ray Davies was surprised by the reaction to this song when it was released. Seems funny that someone could write a song this good and not see the beauty of it.

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Nov 28, 2012 5:56pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Christmas Tunes

How can you not like this one?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ofMJZC96_bk&;feature=BFa&list=PLPInKfJDP8lgHGWVw-YucCwzpeKN6Q4Ee

I've always liked Eric Johnson's interpretation of one of my favorite carols....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qj5DhkDzRBE&;feature=BFa&list=PL807E0DAD61DB6B41

Bela Fleck and the 12 Days of Christmas - each verse in a different key and different time signature. Advanced apologies - I did not know Michael J. Fox was holding the camera.............

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=povDqicuf-4

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Nov 28, 2012 5:10pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Christmas Tunes

This will always be the christmas song for me...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NrAwK9juhhY

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Poster: duckpond74 Date: Nov 28, 2012 10:07pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Christmas Tunes

indeed!!

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Poster: user unknown Date: Nov 29, 2012 8:57am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Christmas Tunes

Mannheim Steamroller(see their Christmas concert live if possible)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwlFOx12Nzs

Trans-Siberian Orchestra(IMHO better on CD than live, their lead guitarist is too over the top live)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qerYNMDYQs

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Poster: RBNW....new and improved! Date: Nov 28, 2012 9:46pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Christmas Tunes

best of holiday songs!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EeC8nTYEwQQ